If I’m being honest, I’m actually not the perky and happy person you see here on The Chic Life, at least not all of the time. I actually tend to be more of a negative thinker than a positive one. I’m more of a skeptic than a believer. In the past, I’d laugh off the idea of Project Think Positive. Positive thinking actually working? Sssshhhhaaaa, right. And monkeys might fly out of my butt.
If anyone wasn’t sure where Project Think Positive (my August challenge to be more positive) would go, it was me. And yet, I’ve never had anything against positive thinking. I just never was quite able to force myself to try it long enough. Thus the challenge.
Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene. ~Arthur Christopher Benson
See this quote? The first time I read it, I thought, you’re wrong – I need to get out of this situation. But did I?
Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same. ~Francesca Reigler
I decided that trying positive thinking certainly wouldn’t hurt. And you know what? Bit by bit, day by day, and week by week, as I incorporated more and more positive thinking into my daily life, I could really feel myself changing. My situation was the same, but I was reacting to it better. I was able to laugh off things that may have pissed me off before. Let’s not get crazy. I’m not saying I was living in a freakin Disney movie or anything, but my entire day was improved with hardly any effort. The change did not require a massive diet, lifestyle overhaul, or costly procedure. Nope. I just made a couple small changes to my attitude and approach to the day. And it worked!
Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different. ~Katherine Mansfield
I think Project Think Positive is my favorite challenge to date. I really feel like I’ll take the lessons we applied with me throughout life. I believe this challenge has changed me the most…and for the better! 🙂
Here’s what we did for the challenge:
- Week 1 – We countered negative thoughts by following them with a positive thought
- Week 2 – We countered negative thoughts by following them with a positive act
- Week 3 – We said positive Daily Affirmations
- Week 4 – We used the Action Mantra “Choose Positive” to remind ourselves to choose to make positive thoughts and actions
And so many people, myself included, were touched by this heartfelt guest post by Susan of The Great Balancing Act.
But the best part of the challenge? I know I feel great, but I’ve absolutely loved hearing about how you guys have done with the challenge – how you’ve been impacted and how it’s helped you…and how it’s helped the people around you! Reading your comments each week was wonderful! 🙂 Thank you for participating in the challenge and for sharing your stories and insights.
And I leave you with one last quote (a repeat, but worth repeating):
The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes. ~William James
Remember to Choose Positive from this day forward!
Details for the September challenge, Project Get Organized, will be posted soon! Check back for details.
Did you do Positive Think Project? What did you think of the challenge and how did it affect you?
6 thoughts on “Project Think Positive 2011 Reflections”
The Choose Positive mantra has been helping me more than anything. I’ve had the worse few weeks with school stress and disordered thoughts creeping back up but everytime I caught myself thinking like that, I would consciously move to Choose Positive and it definitely helped my over all mood.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS PROJECT. I can’t say it enough!
Hi Melody! What a powerful comment! I’m so glad to hear that the challenge has had such positive results for you. Keep up the good work. Thank YOU for participating! 🙂
Love your blog! 🙂 The positivity thing is SO true; our brains are the most amazing tools we have and we often resort to books, meds, etc (nothing against those either, different strokes for different folks) …when we’ve got this magical organ up there along with our dear soul. I’ve been doing the same thing; living life in the positive lane, and things are just flourishing! I wish you all the best as you continue down the same road! 🙂
Totally agree! A little positive thinking goes such a long way. I love that you used the word “flourishing” because that’s a good way to describe how I feel, too! Thanks!
When I first saw this post pop up in my reader, I sort of glanced over it but I had to stop by and say I’m going to copy that daily affirmation about putting just as much energy into being happy as being miserable. Quite often, I pout and whine when I’m happy with things in my life but I never put the energy into necessarily trying to change it. all that energy I put into moping, I can put it into something productive!
“all that energy I put into moping, I can put it into something productive!” Yes! Exactly! 🙂